Substance Awareness Traffic Offenders Program (SATOP)

Drinking and driving behaviors have a serious impact on the citizens of Missouri. Each year, thousands of people are injured or killed in alcohol-related crashes resulting in serious financial impacts on our communities. The Department of Mental Health, Division of Behavioral Health certifies programs to provide services to individuals who have had an alcohol or drug related traffic offense. The Substance Awareness Traffic Offenders Program (SATOP) serves more than 30,000 DWI offenders annually who are referred as a result of an administrative suspension or revocation of their driver’s licenses, court order, condition of probation, or plea bargain. When a person’s driver license is suspended or revoked due to an alcohol related offense, SATOP is, by law, a required element in driver’s license reinstatement by the Department of Revenue. All SATOP offenders enter the system via an Offender Management Unit. Offenders receive a screening assessment where a review of their driving record, breath alcohol content at the time of their arrest, computer-interpreted assessment and an interview with a qualified substance abuse professional is conducted. Based upon the information gathered during the screening an appropriate referral is made to one of several types of SATOP programs.

IMPORTANT UPDATES ON SOUTHEAST MISSOURI BEHAVIORAL HEALTH'S COVID-19 PANDEMIC RESPONSE

At SEMOBH we are committed to the continuation of uninterrupted client services throughout this pandemic for the communities we serve. We know it is critically important to those in need of our services that we continue to serve as a resource upon which they can take ongoing reliance. As such, with some slight modifications to on site or in office services, we are open for business to serve our constituents. 

Predicated upon guidelines and recommendations established by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, the US Department of Justice-Bureau of Prisons, and the Missouri Department of Mental Health, for the health, safety, and well-being of our clients, employees and their families, we are taking preventive measures that incorporate social distancing, enhanced cleaning practices for buildings, readily available products for hygienic purposes, and screening of all those who enter our facilities. 

Effective this date, the Farmington Aquinas facility, where clients of the Federal Department of Justice-Bureau of Prisons, United States Probation, Justice Re-Investment Treatment Pilot, court-ordered clients and our homeless clients will be housed; the Farmington Weber Road Building; the Salem Hart Building; the Rolla Office; and the Poplar Bluff Bank Building, will all be open for business as follows: we will provide virtual clinical services telephonically and via Telehealth from the Rolla, Poplar Bluff, and the Salem Hart Building, and many staff will conduct such services from home using Agency-approved equipment. All other housing facilities and outpatient offices will be temporarily idled for 15 days, at which time we will reevaluate the pandemic crisis and follow the direction of the Department of Mental Health, and other key stakeholders. 

During this time, those whom we serve should call 911 for emergencies, or call SEMOBH at (573) 756-5749 24-hours a-day for crises or non-emergency needs.